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Young NASCAR drivers in controversy at famous short track race

Dec 9, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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Two of NASCAR’s rising stars were at the center of a major issue during Sunday’s Snowball Derby short-track race in Pensacola, Florida.

Chase Elliott, the son of former Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott and a part-timer in the Camping World Truck Series, appeared to have won the prestigious Super Late Model race as he crossed the line first. However, a post-race inspection found that Elliott’s car had an illegal block of tungsten ballast.

That was a violation of the Derby rules, as tungsten is considerably more expensive than lead and organizers want to keep costs down. Elliott was subsequently disqualified, which handed the victory to Erik Jones (pictured) after his car passed post-race inspection.

For the 17-year-old Jones, it marks a successful end to a year that saw him become the youngest winner ever in CWTS competition at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

“A win is a win and we’ll take it,” Jones said according to SBNation. “Going through tech, things started slowing down and I was starting to get nervous because I thought that maybe we could end up winning this deal now. And it’s certainly the same emotion that we would have if we had gone out there and won on the track.”

It marks Jones’ second straight Derby win after defeating Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch for the win in 2012; this past November at Phoenix, Jones drove one of Busch’s Trucks to his historic victory.

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